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Super Eagles legend John Obi Mikel has recounted the events that led to him cutting short his contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor.
The Nigerian football star joined the Black Sea Storm last summer - and could have won the league with them this season as they currently sit atop of the league table.
Mikel made 27 appearances in all competitions during his eight months reign at the Medical Park Stadium.
The former Super Eagles star revealed he was asked by his ex-employers to pull down his comments on Instagram but he refused and he was asked to go home.
He told Fast Track Naija: “I was told to meet with the president. He asked me to take it down (Instagram post).
“I told him I wasn’t going to do that. It’s my opinion. This's how I feel. I have freedom of speech. I can express my opinion."
“I wanted to win league too but at this point in time, we 've to think about what is more important: to save peoples’ lives.
The former Chelsea star continued: “I want to help in any way I can to defeat this virus. For us to be out there playing; I don’t think we are helping the global situation.
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"I don’t feel it is right for us to play football. “UEFA has postponed football. How come they are still playing in Turkey? It’s not right at all.
"But Trabzonspor were not having it — for me, they don’t care. I told them I wanted to go home."
"They said, ‘If you go home, you’re not coming back.’ I said, ‘OK, I’m going home.
“I explained to the club I needed to see & be with my kids. They re calling every morning, crying on the phone, wondering why their friends re not coming for play, why they can’t touch anyone."
"I didn’t feel happy every morning lying to my kids, making up stories to explain why in order to try not to make them panic.
Mikel Obi continued: “I knew if I came home, they’d be relaxed because they’d then know daddy was home." "I told the club, ‘OK, if that’s what you’re saying, I’m ready to give up my contract.
"To be with my family, to help the world to do the right thing — everybody needs to #StayHome at this point in time. “I have taken a financial hit by taking this stance."
“I've taken a financial hit by taking this stance. It's worth every single penny. I am telling you.
"To see my kids happy and fine, to know we ll survive this together, the only way we can beat this is by being at home with your family, taking care of your family, your neighbour."
“When I arrived back in London, it was amazing.
"My girlfriend has been panicking all week over the possibility of UK borders being shut and me not being able to come back home, that I’d be stuck in Turkey. "Just imagine if this goes on for months."
"Just imagine if this goes on for months. I wouldn’t be able to see my kids, to help my family? "God forbid anything happened to them and I wasn’t there. I wasn’t willing to make that sacrifice."
Legit.ng earlier reported that former Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has finally broken silence since he parted ways his Turkish club Trabzonspor on a mutual agreement earlier this week.
The midfielder's time with the 'Black Sea Storm' came to a sudden end barely one year after joining them.
Mikel's contract was deliberately terminated by his employers after speaking against their refusal to suspend the league due to the widespread of the deadly coronavirus.
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